“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind”
– William Shakespeare
Love is one of the most fantastic things in the universe, and while sometimes it may seem like there isn’t enough of it in the world, there is always love that can be found if you’re willing to look. We’ve collected the best inspirational love quotes and sayings for him and her from around the web to remind you that love, in all its forms, is something worth striving for.
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love and to let it come in.” – Morrie Schwartz
Love is not something that you can get by seeking it out or hunting for it. Instead, it is something that you have to give out in order to get something in return. The more love you give to others, the more love you will receive yourself. You can’t bring love into your life without putting more love out into the world.
“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.” – Roy Croft
When it comes right down to it, you don’t love the person that you fall in love with, at least not them alone. You love all of their traits, and their imperfections, and the brilliant pieces of your personality that they draw out. These are things that no one else draws out of you and no one, other than that person that you love gets to see.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”- Rumi
People get hurt. That is an unavoidable and inevitable part of life. Those events that cause pain also cause you to build up walls against the things that hurt you. Don’t let those walls prevent you from learning to give and receive love. Walling yourself off from that interaction will just leave you empty.
“You know its love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.” – Julia Roberts
They say if you love something, you should set it free. Loving someone doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re a part of their life. It just means that you want them to be happy, no matter what it takes. If that means removing yourself from their life, or not being that one person that they want to spend their life with, then so be it because their happiness is all that matters.
“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller
The senses can be fooled. A false scent or an optical illusion can trick you into seeing and believing in something that’s not really there. The really important things in life are those that cannot be presented as a trick. They cannot fool your five senses because they cannot be detected by any of them. These essential and important elements can only be felt by the heart.
“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” – Ingrid Bergman
There is nothing more delightfully intimate than a kiss. You close your eyes and put your entire trust into someone else; because you know that you’re safe in their arms. You can, if only for a moment, forget that there are things in the world that you need to worry about, because a kiss makes all of those things disappear.
“Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.” – Andre Breton
It’s easy to look in the mirror and assume that you know everything about yourself. After all, you’ve been looking at that face your entire life. Love is when someone can come into your life and tell you something that you never knew about yourself, because they see you, not the reflection in the mirror but the true, unfiltered you.
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It does of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.” – Anais Nin
Love, when properly tended lives forever. That’s why you can hear stories of people who have been married for several decades, happily, and die within hours of each other. That love never faded, because they learned how to tend to it. Spend the time making sure your love thrives, because there is no replacement for it once it has withered and faded away.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”- Martin Luther King Jr.
There is an overabundance of darkness and hate in the world, but battling it with more darkness and more hate will only compound the problem. Light is the only thing that can counter the darkness, and love is, as always, the only thing that can counter all the hate that is saturating our world. Each evil has an opposite good and you have to find that good in order to remove the evil.
“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.” – Erich Segal
True love isn’t anything like they portray it in the movies. It doesn’t come with dancing girls, a musical number, or fireworks to light up the sky. It will simply come into your life and one day, you’ll sit down and you’ll realize that you have found that true love in your life. It is a wonderful thing to experience, and it will appear when you least expect it.
Hopefully these inspiring love quotes have brought a bit more brightness into your life, and a little more love into your heart. If nothing else, let them inspire you to fill the world around you with as much love as you can spare. The world sorely needs it.